Ryori, a Japanese classic menu… (compilation by cooking techniques)

Quick list of Japanese “classics” to help you navigate on this site. That’s not complete at all. I tried to make it representative. I often make them with a twist, but I tell you in the post.

Short memo about the Japanese meal

-all dishes are brought at the same time, ideally served in individual dishes, one plate per item.
-there is rice + soup + three items. Or more.

The items, called okazu tend to be side-dish sized. On the menu in restaurants, traditional style was to present the okazu by cooking technique.


GOHAN, rice
rice cuisine list ***** sushi list

and ONE :

A soup to drink !

DASHI (basic stock tutorial)
vegan dashi tuto
misoshiru (miso soup, in many posts)
shijimi miso soup
clear soup
O-zoni New Year soup
sake kasu Winter white soup

And THREE, FOUR, FIVE… many :


お造り o-tsukuri
Normally, that’s a term for seafood sashimi, raw seafood. I don’t *cook* it of course.

scallop sashimi
calamari sashimi noodles
hamo no aburi (flamed sashimi)
hiya yakko (chilled tofu cubes)
konnyaku faux-sashimi

Cold dish with sauce.

shira-ae veggies
goma-ae kogomi (sesame fiddle heads)
snappy beans and shrimps in kimizu-ae (yolk sauce)

蒸し物, mushimono
egg tofu
dobin mushi (steamed soup)
okowa kabocha (steamed pumpkin with rice)
steamed scallop

御浸し, o-hitashi
mustard green o-hitashi
green leaf maki
reishabu (poached meat)

揚げ物 agemono
Fried dishes.

tempura (tutorial)
kakiage (mixed tempura)
karaage fish
agedofu, fried tofu DIY
kaki-furai (fried oysters)

焼き物, yakimono
Grilled dishes.

shioyaki (salt grilled fish)
kabayaki conger eel
yakiniku, beef BBQ
yakitori (chicken skewers)
teriyaki chicken(the “real” thing, recipe)
teriyaki fish
miso yaki chicken
miso yaki fish
dengaku (skewers)

Grilled on the hot plate.
Beef liver teppanyaki
okonomiyaki (compilation)
ika-yaki (calamari)

煮物, nimono

pumpkin kabocha no nitsuke
kakuni (pork)
beef shigure
buri daikon (fish and radish)

炒め物 itamemono

champuru (Okinawan scramble)

漬物, tsukemono
wasabi leaf tsukemono
daikon radish leave tsukemono
dashi’t, Obanazawa pickle
pink lotus root tsukemono

酢の物, sunomono
Quick vinegar pickles. Salads with lots of vinegar.

potato sarada
daikon ume sarada
kabocha sarada

Double daikon “buta no kakuni” (March Daring Cook Challenge)

buta no kakuni (simmered cubes of pork) is a popular dish in Japan. People often buy it because it is long to prepare and many shop make it deliciously.
There are many recipes, I tried a few before but that’s my first time with the “grated radish trick”. That’s my experiment of this month for the Daring Cook Challenge.

Blog-checking lines: The March, 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Carol, a/k/a Poisonive – and she challenged us all to learn the art of Braising! Carol focused on Michael Ruhlman’s technique and shared with us some of his expertise from his book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”.

Daring Cook Page Here.

I made a second braisé dish :
pork daube

The meat is pork belly. I didn’t have the ideal cut. I’d have prefered larger and in a long block, with a little more red. But I went shopping a bit late that day. A few minutes before starting, I patted the meat with a little rock salt.

The vegetable is a big daikon radish :

Double, because first I grated about a cup of daikon. And I used it for the first cooking. With the rest, I cut a few 5 cm high cylinders of daikon, peeled them.

In boiling water, I added the grated daikon. Then the meat and big chunks of daikon. Simmered 30 minutes on low/middle heat.

No, that not what you get (not photo). The next day pick up the meat and radish blocks, rinse them.
Put the meat in a cast iron pot with a cup of mix 1:1:1 soy sauce, mirin, sake, a 1s of sugar and a dry chili. Add enough water to cover. After 40 minutes on low heat, add the daikon and more water. About one hour later, that’s ready to be served with a little hot mustard :

The meat is very tender, melting, sweet…